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STARKVILLE, Miss -(WCBI) Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine hosts it’s 28th Annual Open House in Starkville.

Over the next two days well over a thousand children and other animal lovers are converging on the MSU campus. A dog show featuring beautiful pups is just one of the many attractions provided by the college of veterinary medicine.

“They can bring in stuffed animals to get stitches so they’re learning sutchering techniques and exciting things that vet students get to do.  They’re learning about dog agility training through the K-9 agility shows we have outside,” said Karen Templeton, MSU CVM Outreach Director.

These young future veterinary professionals are not just petting the animals, they are learning everything there is to know about creatures from dogs to emus.

“They’re learning about farm animals. Different things about horses. They’re getting to see all the different types of animals treated here at the college of veterinary medicine,” said Templeton.

“We saw pigs, and a rabbit, and chickens, baby chickens,” said Seth Conely, Mooreville Elementary.

Its just like a gigantic time of fun filled lessons for the little people. The love shown towards the animals is preparing their bright minds to follow in the footsteps of the MSU vet students who came before them.

“They found out about veterinary medicine through the open house. They came here as young children. Traveled up on the school bus from Jackson. Went around talked to veterinary students, saw the animals and knew that this was the place they wanted to go. Not only did they want to go into veterinary medicine, they wanted to come to Mississippi State,” said Templeton.

A total of thirteen hundred children were registered for the open house activities.


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